No words came out of Doug Weight's mouth when asked what has happened to his team that has now lost eight straight games ater their loss to the Oilers Thursday night.
"No, I don't. I don't," he told Newsday's Neil Best. "Nothing. I can't."
The loss to the Canucks felt awful after an early 2-0 lead turned into a desperation tie at the end of regulation just to lose in overtime. However, this game blew that one out of the water.
The Isles were up 1-0 when Thomas Hickey finally scored the first goal of the game 1:54 into the third quarter. Defense held up for New York throughout the period, and the Isles looked to have snapped their losing streak. That was until Connor McDavid notched a goal at 18:10, and forced the game to overtime.
After no puck found the back of the net in overtime, Jordan Eberle was the only Islander to score in the shootout with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and McDavid scoring for the Oilers to notch the win.
But the Islanders shouldn't have been in the position to further the streak in the first place. McDavid's goal was a desperation shot that bounced off Brandon Davidson's stick, then off Christopher Gibson's mask, and went in the net. Gibson was hoping to notch his first NHL victory in shutout fashion.
Instead, a fluke goal took it away.
"It was just one of those bounces you wish you could have back," Davidson said. "It's frustrating. It seems like that's kind of been almost like a theme."
Gibson added, "It's frustrating. They got a lucky bounce there at the end."
The Islanders just can't find any luck recently, and Hickey says it continue to hurt as each game goes by.
"That's the way things are, it seems, right now," he said. "It keeps on stinging and hurting, not getting two points."
Now, the Isles travel to their next Canadien destination in Calgary to play the Flames on Sunday.
"Good teams find a way to close those games out," Hickey said. "We're trying to be a good team. It's that hump you have to get over."